My mum is the same.....loves the news and the terrible the better....same stories over and over.
I think it makes her feel better about her own life.
She is also obsessed with soaps and gets so involved with the characters it is weird.
But they make her happy so I guess it is fine.
My Dad is 65 but he doesn't like reading the news much. He loves going for walks in the morning with a book in his hand.